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Chemistry

Elizabeth Lin
Recommended Grade Levels: 10-12 (9th grade welcome)

This is an introductory chemistry course that gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry and prepares him or her for college-level chemistry. Major areas of focus include matter, chemical change, and states of matter; measurements, calculations, and significant figures; structure of atoms; arrangements of electrons; the periodic law; chemical bonding; formulas and compounds; chemical equations and reactions; stoichiometry; gases and gas laws; solutions and mixtures; ions and aqueous solutions; acids, bases, titrations, and pH; reaction energy, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium; redox reactions; and introductions to electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Lab work for this course will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. on preassigned lab days. Please be aware that students will need to arrive at NHA half an hour earlier than usual on scheduled lab days. 


This course is open to 10th – 12th graders and alternates every other year with physics. Successful completion of Algebra I is required for registration in this course.


This course will offer 2 tracts of study simultaneously. Tract 1 will be suitable for students requiring a high school chemistry course with no plans to pursue chemistry in college. Tract 2 is geared toward those students anticipating studying AP chemistry, college chemistry or those interested in careers in the sciences such as biology, chemistry, engineering, or the medical fields. Students in Tract 1 should expect to spend 4 to 8 hours outside of class completing each week’s assignments. Tract 2 will require more independent work and additional, in depth assignments. Students in Tract 2 should expect to spend 6 to 10 hours outside of class completing each week’s assignments. Students are welcome to switch tracts after the start of the course, but final decisions must be made by the fourth week of the fall semester. 


Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and Physical Science is required for registration in this course.


Required Texts:  

Holt McDougal Modern Chemistry Student Edition 2012. Authors: Sarquis and Sarquis. ISBN # 0-547-58663-9

Scientific Calculator (TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculators are acceptable but not required)


$125 per semester

$15 supply fee